Arizona is still strictly an anti-online betting state until the State’s Legislators catch up with the winds-of-change. As many of you are aware, other states in the U.S. allow for online horse betting and Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). Other more progressive states like New Jersey, even allow for online casinos and online poker gaming options. However, Arizona appears to be determined to keep intact its insistence that all gaming is restricted to its tribal casinos and a couple of horse racing tracks. Online Horse Racing Betting was re-introduced to Arizona in 2015.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and a Navajo Nation attorney have both recently expressed a desire to expand the state’s gaming options. Tribal Casinos appear to be leading the way when it comes to opening up the sports betting industry in Arizona, both land-based and online.
The State Legislators appear to have come onboard with the Tribes and have recently introduced a pair of sports betting bills that once passed (or legalization legislation just like them), could potentially allow sports wagering to help ease the state budget’s financial woes (see below).